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Old 05-31-2003, 11:33 PM   #1
Ekim Gram
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Location: West Islip, New York
Distribution: Slackware 10.0, Windows XP Pro
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Why do YOU use Slackware?

I just want reasons for why you use Slack then any other distro out there. I'm just curious, I'm trying different distros and I wanna see which one I would like to try next so I need reasons.
Old 06-01-2003, 12:00 AM   #2
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slackware helps you really learn linux.
i remember when i first tried red hat as my first linux, i kept comparing it and relating it to windows. that was no good. slack threw me in the real world of the command line and helped me become more educated about linux.

other reasons:
know exactly whats going on
know how things are happening
know *
Old 06-01-2003, 12:34 AM   #3
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Because, Slackware was the distro where I got everything to work, and I did it using the command line where the Mandrake tools wouldn't work. I said, "hey, this command line stuff isn't so bad" and I've been a Slacker ever since
Old 06-01-2003, 02:42 AM   #4
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Well regarding learning Linux, anything that is not Mandrake-like is a good distro to learn. I'm fine with Debian :-)
Old 06-01-2003, 05:14 AM   #5
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What the other guys said.

Slack gives you a sense of control. Makes you feel closer to the machine. It's not like I've tried out a gazillion other distros, but I have tried Red Hat and Mandrake, and they had this Windows feel to them...I felt left out. Slack makes you feel like you're really administrating a system. Also, as "The Man" put it; Slackware tries to be the most Unix-like distro. That's a nice bonus.

And yeah, what the other guys said.
Old 06-01-2003, 05:15 AM   #6
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Learning purposes.
Old 06-01-2003, 05:17 AM   #7
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i can see where you're coming from, i guess we can all post thousands of reasons why WE like it, but we arnt you.

i was searching for a distro that i liked and one that i could really appreciate and use, flexibility, functionality and orginality is the best way i can describe Slackware to you...
Old 06-01-2003, 05:42 AM   #8
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i use slackware because i love being in control, knowing
exactly what is going on, and learning something new
every day, though preferably more frequent
Old 06-01-2003, 07:02 AM   #9
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Yes, got to love Slackware....Although I use Mandrake as well, mainly because it's the first distro I ever had any success with, Slackware really makes you learn, as shellcode said. I reckon I learned more about Linux in six weeks with Slack than I did with six months of Mandrake.....

Main reason for using it, though - it just doesn't get in the way of what you want to do. It's the most transparent, logical and configurable OS you could imagine.
Old 06-01-2003, 09:41 AM   #10
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I use it for the fact thats its completly "vanilla". It uses the default packages and install path for all the software, so I know that any source I compile from the net won't be totally confused and out of place.

Also, on that note, it gives you a really "basic" system. When I went through install and chose all the packages I wanted (and they were all there), my whole install was only 800MB. Thats awesome, I dont have any other junk on my computer, because it doesnt make stupid decisions for me.
Old 06-01-2003, 10:22 AM   #11
Ekim Gram
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I've been meaning to try out both Slackware and Debian, I guess I'll save Debian for the summer when I get more CD-RW's to burn all 7 on to. Since I messed around with Mandrake last night and "killed" it so to speak, I think I'll give Slackware a try today. Thanks for your opinions guys.
Old 06-01-2003, 10:38 AM   #12
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Debian only requires the first CD (actually only a single floppy) from there you apt-get any more packages you want/need after the initial setup.

Just wanted to help give you a fair decision table.

Old 06-01-2003, 12:57 PM   #13
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i like the name

(lol naah that's a lame reason)

yeah, as most of the others says, i learned a lot about the operating system, command lines and kernel building/customizing
Old 06-01-2003, 01:48 PM   #14
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It's versatile

I like the fact that Slackware is incredibly easy to download (only 1 cd), but it still gives you the majority of the most popular packages. The only two programs that I can think of off hand that I use all the time are XMMS and the Gimp, which don't come with slack, but it's not like they're huge files to download.... What I like most, though, is that unlike RH or MDK, you don't feel imprisoned by the GUI (having an actual text login makes you feel that less guilty for going the easy way and using X instead of the console). Another thing is that it doesn't have an extremely complicated install. In addition it doesn't take that long.
Old 06-01-2003, 03:25 PM   #15
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simply because it rocks ;-)



ps: gimp and xmms comes with slack 9.0


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